Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes in January, 2005. Cara Bloch/The Hell Gate/Corbis hide caption

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Hear Bright Eyes In Concert

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Conor Oberst performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Conor Oberst In Concert

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Conor Oberst performs a Tiny Desk Concert. Olivia Merrion/NPR hide caption

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Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert

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Clockwise from upper left: Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, Elephant Stone, Shinedoe. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Premieres From Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, Elephant Stone, More

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Conor Oberst's new album, Upside Down Mountain, comes out May 20. Butch Hogan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Upside Down Mountain

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It's natural for Leonard Cohen to think a lot about mortality near the end of his life, but Ron Sexsmith says Cohen has never sung about "frivolous things." Dominique Issermann hide caption

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Conor Oberst, Ron Sexsmith Pay Tribute To Leonard Cohen

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Conor Oberst staged a 14-band benefit concert last summer on a street in his hometown of Omaha, Neb., to raise awareness about immigration laws. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Conor Oberst Leads Immigration Law Protest In Song

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